Book Haul #26: Beautiful Books

Did you see this coming? I didn’t.

Here I am with another book haul with some library books thrown in. What’s to blame for the books bought? Coupons. And beautiful book covers.

Let’s get to it!

Books bought

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A to Z Survey

I’m in a weird mood. I have reviews to catch up on but I’m really not in the mood to write them. Actually, I’m in a reading funk. You know, that mood you get when all you want to do is read, read, read and forget the world and everyone and thing in it for a while. At the moment, I want to immerse myself in Robin Hobb’s Royal Assassin, but I also want to be caught up on things so I hope this tag will get me into a writing mood.

I saw this book tag a while back on Read Books and Drink Coffee. It was created by Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Tamora Pierce

Good question. I did a Top Ten Tuesday post on this once so I’ll go with the answer I find there, which is Tamora Pierce. I’ve read the majority of her series and she is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading her stories because they are filled with strong female characters.

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Weekend Reads #50: Book Haul #24

No discussion post this time, just a book haul to sum up what I’ve acquired since my last one. And it’s not a lot either. I think I’m burnt out from buying books. I don’t even want to see a bookstore. I own so many books I haven’t yet read that whenever I see a bookstore, I get that overstuffed feeling that I usually get when I’ve eaten too much. This is new for me. I never pass up on a bookstore visit.

I don’t see this as something bad. This overstuffed feeling is helping me to save money. Chances are I won’t visit a bookstore until this feeling dissipates. I don’t know how long that will take but either way, I’m grateful.

Physical books

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #16: It’s Been a While

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Because of my spotty blogging back in May, I haven’t had a chance to do one of these posts. I believe the last one I did was in April. Well, here I am with a long one to make up for lost time. The following are books I discovered in the past few months that I’d really like to get but probably won’t until I get a Barnes & Noble coupon. By the way, I’m convinced that the mailman is taking my coupons. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten one and I’m sure he thinks I order too many books so he’s depriving me of coupons. Meanie mailman!

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Book Haul #22: Indie Bookstore Day & Free Comic Book Day

Book Haul #22 is an awesome one because it’s a bookhaul of firsts: the first time I went to Free Comic Book Day and the first time I visited an indie bookstore on Indie Bookstore Day. Plus, I won a wonderful giveaway so I dub this bookhaul one of my best. Let’s start with the giveaway.

Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile hosted a giveaway in early April that I won. I was so excited and thankful (THANKS RACHEL!!!). She sent me a box filled with books, bookish goodies, and TEA!!! I was so grateful. I love me some tea so that box was done within two weeks. Here’s some of what I got:

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Book Haul #21: A Book Nerd Adventure

I went BOOK SHOPPING!!! 😀 And yes, I told myself I wouldn’t. I keep telling myself that. I really should stop saying so because, obviously, it’s not helping. But I am getting a little worried about all this book buying because, again, I’m sitting here facing overcrowded bookshelves. My poor books!

Anyways, on Friday I went to a Barnes & Noble. I had coupons. Two of them, actually, and I felt pretty proud of myself. I had two books in mind that I really wanted to get but instead I left with three.

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Book Haul #20: Birthday Haul

It was my birthday a few weeks ago! 😀

To celebrate, I spent my birthday relaxing and doing nothing except rolling around and around in my warm, soft bed until noon or 2 pm or whatever. I just went with the day and spent it how I wanted to — relaxed. Once up, I glided to the book store — yes, glided because I daydreamed the whole way — and afterwards treated myself to a burger because I craved one that whole week. Then I sat outside for a bit, enjoyed the fairly nice weather, and watched the sun set and planes fly by. It was a relaxed, peaceful day. A good birthday.

So here are all the books I acquired for my birthday. Some I bought, some were gifted, some are giveaways, and some are ARCs. I’ll indicate which fit the last two.

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Weekend Reads #31: Wishes for My TBR Pile #11

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

This time, I’m doing a Wishes for My TBR Pile post, which is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Beneath Claire's House

Beneath Claire’s House by Corey J. Popp (September 26, 2015)

From debut author Corey J. Popp comes a young adult, supernatural thriller that will keep readers guessing until its shocking conclusion.

Sixteen-year-old Claire Young is tormented by a recurring, prophetic nightmare and visitations from gruesome, mutilated ghosts. She’s convinced the apparitions intend to harm her widowed father, but there’s little she can do locked away in Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Her situation is hopeless until a mysterious priest delivers the name of a man who may be the only one willing to help. Claire launches a daring scheme that leads her and her best friend to a former paranormal investigator.

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #10: Discovery, Curiosity, and Convincing Gave Me These

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Year of Yes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed ― and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life ― and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. (Goodreads)

I don’t consider myself a Shonda Rhimes fan. I’ve watched some of her shows and liked some episodes (Grey’s Anatomy is my comfort food) but I don’t consider myself a fan since I’m not dedicated to them. So when I first heard of this book, I didn’t intend to pick it up. However, after reading a review of it over at Brown Girl Reading, it seems like a book I should read and now I’d like to give it a try.

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #9: Fantasy and Folklore

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Note: Since changing my web address, I realized that my posts weren’t showing in Reader. I had to re-add myself to fix that glitch so if you use Reader, please let me know if you’re able to see my posts in there. I submitted a query in the WordPress forum but haven’t received any replies on how to fix it.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (September 1, 2015)

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large… (Goodreads)

I first watched a review of this book in a YouTube video but after reading a review over at Lady Geek Girl and Friends, I added it to my TBR list. The story seems to be a hit or miss with readers but I’d like to read it and see for myself. It explores a variety of issues that I’m curious about.

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